Hi! I'm in a bit of a time crunch here; I basically need to write a *good* ~1500 word story in the next three days or so. I need to write it for a portfolio that I must submit for a creative writing course. As such, it should preferably show off a variety of literary styles/techniques. I have an overall idea of what I want to write but, as always, my idea is totally style over substance. What I had in mind was this: A first person narrator is assigned a very tedious boring job in a secluded region. There, he encounters countless large ugly idiosyncratic anthropomorphic animals who only speak to him in verse. Each animal speaks in a poetic style that reflects a certain time or literary movement - so some are more archaic than others. The narrator is obviously bewildered about what is happening but no one else thinks there is anything out of the ordinary - including his human employers etc. Actually I'm not even sure I want to make him bewildered; perhaps he should treat it like it's totally ordinary too. I want it to be a little like magic realism - sort of like a gruesome chapter of Through The Looking Glass pervaded by an unsettling Kafkaesque atmosphere. But I don't know what the conflict or point of the story should be. It seems like the animals should have some sort of united goal or grievance or moral that they share with the narrator. IDK, what do you think?